A bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy has been rejected by Argentina’s senate, despite opinion polls showing that the bill had strong public support.
The bill, already passed by the lower house, was defeated by 38 against to 31 in favour.
Pressure from the Catholic church in the South American nation, home of Pope Francis, prevented its approval, activists allege, said a report on the Guardian.
There were reports that the pope had asked the anti-abortion legislators to pressure other lawmakers to reject the bill.
Argentina allows abortion only in the case of rape and danger to the life of the woman.
Except in Uruguay, all other South American nations have very strict abortion laws.